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What are common construction defects?

The population is growing, and construction companies are trying to keep up with demand. Sometimes, this may result in oversights, leading to a contract dispute over defects.

A construction defect means something is faulty with the building or ground. Take a look at some of the most common defects that may cause building problems and lead to litigation.

Is it a design issue?

A building design may contain flaws or errors. The most common design defects occur when the designer fails to consider certain factors, such as building codes for certain elements. Roof design, for example, may prove inadequate to meet certain area standards. If the designer and builder do not remedy the situation, local authorities may not issue permits for occupancy.

Are the materials to blame?

Material defects almost always come about when contractors or subcontractors make substitutions of building materials. This may occur due to short inventory or cost. One reason this is a dangerous practice is that the new material may not prove up to par with the parameters of the project. Cheaper wood, for instance, may not provide the strength required to handle the structure’s load. Faulty materials sometimes break down quickly, creating headaches for the contractor or owner.

Is the ground a problem?

A destructive and potentially dangerous defect occurs when the subsoil proves unfit for construction. If engineers do not conduct proper soil studies and tests, the ground beneath may either shift or, in some instances, sink as construction continues. Evidence of instability may not crop up until after the foundation gets poured and cracks become evident.

Construction defects are never something a construction company or building owner wants to face. However, when they do crop up, getting the assistance of a professional used to handling them can mean all the difference.